ALEXANDER’S STORY (via a truly terrible verse)
This is the story of The Alexander Technique
Named after the founder. It’s fabulous! Unique!
Its extraordinary brilliance is worldwide recognised
Even applauded in the Nobel Prize
Alexander discovered a useful thing
For those who want to act, dance, sing
Ride a horse, swim, run, kick a ball
His technique will help you all!
Or just ‘To be more easily me!’
Alexander Technique will set you free
It’s simple to learn, to self apply
A skill to use from today ’til you die
This story I share is all about you
A two legged (tottering biped) I hope to renew
With knowledge and power and confident ease
A story of freedom like the birds and the bees
So without any further ado
Let me introduce our teacher to you
Frederick Mathias Alexander, it would be his fate
To be in the hall of fame – those who made Australia great!
Our adventure begins across the sea
Our hero’s on stage ‘To be or not to be?’
But his comic shows of the English bard
In Oz were straining, speaking was hard
As he recited his voice got hoarse
He consulted the doctors, but just felt worse
‘We’ve looked, examined, we all agree
There’s nothing wrong in your throat to see!’
His neck was sore, his voice no more
His theatre dream becoming a chore!
They wrung their hands and said ‘Oh dear!
With you at the top of your acting career!’
‘This is no good, I’ll have to find
My own solution! I’ll use my mind
I’ve dealt with snakes and spiders wild
Rode young farm horses since a child
I don’t accept the doctor’s verdict
When up to now my voice has been perfect!’
He set up three way mirrors and saw
That as he spoke there was a flaw!
His head pulled back, his chest was raised
It made his voice sound weak and crazed!
He lost his tone when he talked like this
‘I must be seeing what doctors miss!’
A Eureka moment! Fate! Yippee
He’d found the mechanism to set man free!
It wasn’t hard, surprisingly easy
To feel so great, light and breezy
He’d leave Oz now and go and seek
His fortune in London with his technique
He’d spread the word, he’d write a book
And bit by bit the world would look
And say ‘Cor Blimey, what the heck
All I have to do is free my neck!’
‘My natural balance is just there
Walking, standing, I am light as air
No stress, no strain, no aching back
My natural rhythm’s back on track!’
But first a way to pay his trip
Across the Ocean on a ship
A hundred years ago or more
To sail from Oz to UK shore
‘What shall I do to make the course?
I know what, I’ll back a horse
I’ll bet on one that’s nice and free
And surely that will pay for me
If it moves with ease and grace
It’s bound to have a striding pace
Good carriage will show inner poise
‘Forward, forward – ATTABOY!’
Alexander London went
His passage paid, his money spent!
He made his way to the West End Theatre
To be a pioneering holistic teacher
Actors he taught, they paid his wage
He helped them free their breath on stage
And very soon his technique was known
Among the leading lights of town
Actors, writers, famous intellectuals
Said ‘Alexander you must go clinical
Doctor’s must be sensible
And adopt your amazing human principle!’
‘We are all excited to extol
The incredible virtues of your primary control!
Somehow Alexander, you’ve uncovered
What up to now has been undiscovered!
You’ve found the body’s guiding relation
That must be true for all creation!’
‘You’ve taught us how to be elastic
We really do now feel fantastic!’
But doctors are a sceptic lot
And though many loved him, others did not
They could not believe that it could be true
When he said – ‘Less is better than to do!’
And this is why the techniques still quite a hidden thing
Actors and musicians learn it, to better act or sing
Or those who may have hurt their back
Will find a teacher to get back on track
Dressage riders, that’s horse ballet
Or pupils of ‘The art of Swimming’, use it everyday
And a few cool schools teach the Alexander Technique
And find that kids learn better, a kind of thinking power peak!
So if you too want to learn with less stress and strain
Find it frustrating to try hard and end gain
Ache a bit, don’t feel quite right?
Find an Alexander teacher – there’s change in sight!
More Alexander Technique stuff –
The Daily Ease Colouring Book – purchase book
Body Magic – purchase download
Breathe – purchase download
Walking with your Horse – purchase download
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HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVE KIRSTEN XXX